Jennifer Parent-Nichols, DPT, PCS, CBIS

Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Jennifer Parent-Nichols' Bio Photo

 

 
Bachelor of Arts
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Education          
May 1990
 
Master of Science in Physical Therapy
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Massachusetts
Physical Therapy
November 1999

Doctor of Physical Therapy                
Franklin Pierce University, Concord, New Hampshire
Physical Therapy
May 2011

Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning 
Rivier University, Nashua, New Hampshire
Education in Leadership and Learning
ABD

Phone: (603) 647-3557
Email:  

 
Courses Taught
  • Management of the Pediatric and Adolescent Patient
  • Clinical Management of the Patient with Neurologic Involvement
  • Fundamentals of Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • Special Topics: Selected
Research Interests & Expertise Areas

Expertise:

  • Pediatric Certified Specialist
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Interests:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion
  • Teaching  
  • Learning

Honors & Awards

2017:  CGPS Research Funding

2017:  DPT Class of 2017 Outstanding Academic Faculty Award


Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Girard J., Parent-Nichols J, Cleland JA, Evidence Based Practice: Theory and Application. Kinésithérapie La Revue. In Review.

Doyle, L., Parent-Nichols, J., Treating Patients with Spinal Cord Injury: A learning opportunity.  Compendium for Teaching Professional Level Content, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, APTA, 2016.

Girard J., Parent-Nichols, J., Cleland, J. Therapeutic Alliance and Patient Outcomes. Fisioterapia. 38(4), Aug. 2016.

Parent-Nichols, J., Nervik, D.  The Effect of Orthotics Use in the Pediatric Population on the Acquisition and Refinement of Gross Motor Skills.  Journal of Orthotics and Prosthetics. 2014; 26, 1:61-67.

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Chamberlain, D., Parent-Nichols, J. Empowering families for successful outcomes when resources are limited. Platform Presentation, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 2017.

Chamberlain, D., Parent-Nichols, J. Living an abundant life: Examining the evidence on the effects of physical and mental stress on individuals and families living with health conditions and targeting evidenced based interventions. Poster Presentation, World Congress of Physical Therapy, Capetown, South Africa, July 2017.

Jackson, B., LyBarger, E.,Tucker, P., Smith, P., Colpitts, K., Lafrenier, J., Mahat, D., Cleland, J., Parent-Nichols, J., A Systematic review of the efficacy of spinal manual therapy on common pediatric conditions. Poster Presentation, APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition, Boston, MA., June 21, 2017.

Maerlender, A., Lichtenstein, J., Parent-Nichols, J. Development of a curriculum for concussion management training in schools. Platform Presentation, 12th World Congress on Brain Injury, New Orleans, LA., March 29, 2017.

Dalton, E., Carville, C., Fischer, L., Grzegorczyk, G., Hetzel, S., Silmon, C., Snow, N., Parent-Nichols, J. Stress reduction techniques for the treatment of brain injury: A systematic review. Poster Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, San Antonio, TX, February 2017.

Chamberlain, D., Parent-Nichols, J. Living an abundant life: Examining the evidence on the effects of physical and mental stress on individuals and families living with health conditions and targeting evidenced based interventions. Platform Presentation, Section of Pediatrics Annual Conference, Keystone, CO., November 2016.

Kozlova,K., Levine, R., Love, K., Robert, R., Wood, N., Parent-Nichols, J. Does virtual reality therapy improve functional outcomes in patients with TBI? A systematic review. Poster Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Anaheim, CA, February 17, 2016.

Parent-Nichols, J., Chamberlain, D., The world at your backdoor: PT experience in the US and abroad - How culture shapes physical therapy practice.  Practice Fair Presentation, Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 9, 2015.

Bolster, J., Taylor, J., Tupper, B., Bruce, A., Egan, C., Parent-Nichols, J. The psychometric properties of outcome measures commonly used to assess gross motor function in children with Down Syndrome: A Systematic Review. Poster Presentation, APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition, National Harbor, MD.,  June, 5, 2015.

Parent-Nichols, J. Smith, P., Bagley, B., Prince, G., Alier, S., The world at your backdoor: Engaging the refugee population in your community.  Speaker/Presenter.  Doctoral Conference on Leadership and Learning (peer reviewed proposal), Nashua, NH., March 7, 2015.

Parent-Nichols, J., McSorley, O., Community engagement: Empowering students to engage in community outreach.  Breakout Session Speaker, Doctoral Conference on Leadership and Learning (peer reviewed proposal), Nashua, NH., March 7, 2015 .

Parent-Nichols, J., McSorley, O., Greiner, A.  Collaboration between a physical therapy program and a community high school: promotion of health and wellness programming.  Poster Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV., February 2014.

Parent-Nichols, J., Nervik, D. The effect of orthotics use in the pediatric population on the acquisition and refinement of gross motor skills.  Poster Presentation, The American Physical Therapy Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.,  June 2013.

Parent-Nichols, J., Nervik, D.  The effect of orthotics use in the pediatric population on the acquisition and refinement of gross motor skills.  Poster Presentation, The 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium of The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists; Orlando, FL., February 2013.

Publications:

Maerlender, A., Lichtenstein, J., Parent-Nichols, J. Concussion Specialist Exam, Author, Brain Injury Association of America, February, 2017.

Invited Presentations:

Parent-Nichols, J., Lichtenstein, J. Advanced concussion training and support for specialists.  A competency based approach.  Webinar. Brain Injury Association of America.  August, 2017. 

Parent-Nichols, J., Education is a Team Sport: Concussion Programming in Schools, Athletic Training Conference, Manchester, NH, June 17, 2017.

Parent-Nichols, J., Stress and Recovery. Speaker/Presenter, New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute Athletic Trainer Meeting, November 2016.

Parent-Nichols, J. Outpatient concussion management.  Speaker/Presenter, New Hampshire APTA, Manchester, NH, September 15, 2016.

Parent-Nichols, J. Patients slow to recover from mTBI: Assessment and interventions.  Speaker/Presenter, New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute, Bedford, NH, September 10, 2016.

Nervik D, Parent-Nichols J. Clinical Bottom Line Commentary on “Hippotherapy Effects on Trunk, Pelvic, and Hip Motion During Ambulation in Children with Neurological Impairments”. Ped Phys Ther. 2012; 24, 1: 251.

Nervik D, Parent-Nichols J. Clinical Bottom Line Commentary on “The Relationship between Spasticity and Muscle Volume of the Knee Extensors in Children with Cerebral Palsy”. Ped Phys Ther. 2012; 24, 2: 182

Nervik D, Parent-Nichols J. Clinical Bottom Line Commentary on “Isometric Muscle Strength in Youth Assessed by Hand-Held Dynamometry: a Feasibility, Reliability, and Validity Study”. Ped Phys Ther, 2011; 23, 3: 300.

Parent-Nichols J.  Interventions for hyposensitivity and hypersensitivity impairments: What does the research say?  Speaker, NH APTA Evening Lecture Series, Manchester, NH., September 2012.


Professional Memberships

  • APTA

 Service

  • Manuscript Reviewer            
    Physiotherapy: Theory and Practice
  • Curriculum Content Expert
    American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
    • New Hampshire Brain Injury Association Return to Learning Grant Consultant